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Texas Landman Will Make Career Debut in Harrah’s Futurity Trials Sunday


Louisiana Downs will host eight trials Sunday afternoon for the 2015 Grade Harrah's Entertainment Futurity.

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BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI

BOSSIER CITY, LA—FEBRUARY 28, 2015—Texas Landman, a colt by champion Carters Cartel and a $10,500 buy at last year’s Heritage Place Yearling Sale, is one of 72 two-year-olds entered in Sunday’s Harrah’s Entertainment Futurity (G3) trials at Louisiana Downs.

The 10 fastest qualifiers from Sunday’s trials will meet in the $75,000-added final on March 21.

Trained by Steven Salazar for owner Priscilla Rodriguez, Texas Landman drew post 5 and will be ridden by Jorge Linares in the second of eight 300-yard heats. The colt has been impressive in his morning moves at Louisiana Downs, including a 220-yard training race victory in :12.13 on February 6.

Rodriguez and Salazar will also be represented in the trials by Royal Swingin Jess, a $7,500 purchase at last year’s Louisiana Quarter Horse Breeders’ Association Yearling Sale. A gray son of Swingin Jess, the colt prepped for his career debut with a 220-yard training race in :12.43 on February 6.

Other Louisiana Downs’ training race winners entered in the Harrah’s Entertainment Futurity trials include TG Horse Racing LLC’s TG Coronas Memory (:12.41), Rancho El Huajillo LLC’s Shesofein (:12.55), Maria Barajas’ Fiery Royal Cartel (:12.59), Armando Vazquez’s Dashas Three Milks (:12.66), and Mike Grisham’s Shazooming Episode (:12.70).

The Harrah’s Entertainment Futurity began its history in 2004, when Carol Kimbrough’s homebred Bugs Mega Jet earned the winner’s share of a $255,241 purse. Past winners of the stakes include Eyesa Jumpn (2007) and Separatist Firstdown (’13).

All Louisiana Downs races can be seen at Q-RacingVideo.com.


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